(Updated Oct 18, 2019)
The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s main English-language newspaper, has this wonderful interview up in its excellent Youtube channel:
The song they’re talking about is “Glory to Hong Kong,” which was composed by a specific group of protesters devoted to this task, as the main composer explains in the video.
It’s interesting that, after Russia was set on the wrong foot by the U.S. and its allies with the 2014 Maidan revolution, to the tune of the simple “Glory to Ukraine” chant, an anti-Russian slogan (1), in Hong Kong they decided — no doubt by sheer coincidence — that the soundtrack for the movement to wrongfoot China, that other main American antagonist, must have the same title.
Check out the video for more interesting stuff about the very deliberate way in which Hong Kong pro-independence activists, the world’s best-organized without a question, scientifically went about creating a stirring patriotic, anti-China anthem: they worked with various committees, including one of sound engineers, crowd-sourced the lyrics so that the sympathetic public was able to propose modifications to specific sentences, and then they had it all approved by a group of lawyers — just in case the Chinese-controlled government of Hong Kong takes them to court because they broke some law.
And a logo! They also came up with a very professional, pricey-looking logo for their rising against Beijing. It’s 2019, after all. Robespierre, take a bow.
It really is a wonderfully fastidious way to go about keeping the Hong Kong Revolution alive. It’s very expensive too (all those people must pay the rent, in one of the world’s most expensive places to live) and is not at all spontaneous.
- “Glory to Ukraine” is not a song, but just a couple of sentences told in succession: Слава Україні! Героям слава!, Slava Ukrayini! Heroyam slava!; or: “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” They became popular after they were the official salute of the pro-Nazi Ukrainian administration under German occupation in 1941-44.